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Instructor Biographies

NDPTC's cadre of instructors are of the highest caliber, very well-respected in their fields and disciplines. Many have advanced degrees in science, engineering, planning, and architecture, and years of practical experience as leaders within their field of expertise.

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Allison Hardin

Allison Hardin, CFM is a planner for the City of Myrtle Beach. Her 30-year career includes experience with regional and urban planning, GIS mapping and coordination, floodplain management, hazard mitigation planning, business operations and emergency services. She has been a longstanding partner in, and supporter of, NOAA's Digital Coast project; served as chair of both the SC Association for Hazard Mitigation and state Arc GIS users group; and served four years as a co-chair for the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM)’s Coastal Issues subcommittee. Besides incorporating resiliency into her daily work, Allison has made presentations on climate change impacts and community resilience to everyone from civic groups to Congressional staff. As a result, Allison has received many awards, including the 2011 City of Myrtle Beach Public Service Employee of the Year; the 2012 Planning Awareness award from the SC APA chapter for her work to promote resilient community practices; and the 2017 Louthain award from ASFPM for her service to the association. Besides her BS degree from Appalachian State University, she has received training in adult learning methods through the Emergency Management Institute, and for several years enjoyed being a first responder in western NC. Most recently, Allison served as the first Chair-Elect (2015-17) and second Chairperson (2017-19) for the new Hazard Mitigation/Disaster Recovery Division of the American Planning Association (APA), during which time the division received the 2019 Divisions Council Achievement Award in Communications Efforts. She has been a Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) since 2003.

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Carolyn Harshman

Carolyn J. Harshman, CEM is President of Emergency Planning Consultants located in San Diego, California. Since 1984, Ms. Harshman has provided emergency management plans, training, and exercises to a wide range of governments, including public educational institutions. Professional services include: hazard and vulnerability assessments, recovery and reconstruction plans, hazard mitigation plans, emergency response plans, needs and capability assessments, continuity of operations plans, catastrophic plans, grant writing, trainings, and exercises. Carolyn has enjoyed two careers – one in land use planning with the City and County of San Diego and one in emergency management beginning as a hazard planner for the County of San Diego’s Office of Emergency Services. Ms. Harshman holds a Master of Public Administration Degree and is a Certified Emergency Manager (CEM) as conferred by the International Association of Emergency Managers.

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Miguel Hidalgo

Miguel Hidalgo is a certified professional emergency manager with the Florida Emergency Preparedness Association (FEPA) and has 15+ years of emergency preparedness planning experience for city/county government and private sector organizations. Miguel’s expertise includes public health preparedness, community preparedness, government continuity of operations planning, business continuity planning and social media use for emergency management enhancement. Miguel has led in the plan, design and execution of full-scale exercises to include the activation of the Federal Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) program and its medical assets deployment and distribution methods. He has worked in several natural disaster response deployments throughout his career. He has worked for the Florida Department of Health Office of Public Health Preparedness, the NYC Department of Health Disease Control Bureau, Montefiore healthcare system and is currently an emergency management planner and consultant.

Miguel’s education includes: a Bachelor of Arts in Government with a minor in Urban Affairs, Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and is a FEMA certified Incident Command System (ICS) instructor.

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Carolina Hincapié-Cárdenas

Carolina Hincapié-Cárdenas earned a master’s degree in Marine Sciences from the University of Puerto Rico. Currently, she is pursuing her PhD in Physical Oceanography at UPRM-Mayagüez Campus. Her research interests are mainly in the areas of Tsunami Hazards and Mitigation Plans. She worked from 2010 to 2015 with the Puerto Rico Seismic Network coordinating the TsunamiReady® program, supporting local stakeholders in coastal municipalities throughout the island in order that they obtained the TsunamiReady® recognition. Carolina received the 'Tsunami Ready Champion' award for her efforts and commitment to the U.S. TsunamiReady® Program. For four years, 2015 to 2019, Carolina collaborated with the NOAA/National Weather Service ITIC- Caribbean Tsunami Warning Program, as contractor and NWS Student Trainee. Ms. Hincapié-Cárdenas with her expertise supported regional synergies to successfully implement the UNESCO IOC CARIBE EWS Tsunami Ready pilot project among several Caribbean Member States.

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Dennis Hwang

Dennis Hwang is Faculty at the University of Hawai'i Sea Grant College Program where he authored several books including the Hawai'i Coastal Hazard Mitigation Guidebook, which is used in the land use process in Hawai'i. After Hurricane Katrina, he helped produce the Louisiana Coastal Hazard Mitigation Guidebook for the Louisiana Sea Grant College Program, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and FEMA. He was also the lead author for the Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards which was produced in Hawai'i, and has been modified with other Sea Grant Programs for Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Delaware, Massachusetts, Republic of the Marshall Islands and Guam. Dennis participated with the FEMA Building Science Branch in assessing damage from Hurricane Harvey for the Mitigation Assessment Team "MAT" Report. He currently is working on the 4th Edition of the Homeowner's Handbook, which has a climate change component. In addition, he is tasked with putting a Communication & Education Outreach Plan for hazard preparation for the Hawaii State Legislature. Dennis has his Bachelor of Science in Geology from the University of Rochester, Master of Science in Geology & Geophysics from the University of Hawai'i and Jurist Doctorate from the University of Houston, where he concentrated in land use and property law. He is a member of the State of Hawaii Earthquake and Tsunami Advisory Committee, Hawai'i State Bar Association, and is a Court appointed arbitrator.